October 13, 2004

Firehorse Productions, Inc. and Midori's Newsletter
October 13, 2004

Table of contents

1. Back from the pilgrimage of Fetish: London & Amsterdam
2. Women's Sensual Dominance Intensive in LA this weekend. Last chance to sign up with Midori's Mailing List Discount
3. October classes & events (LA, Toronto, Guelph, Kitchner, SF, Asheville NC, Atlanta)
4. 11/19 San Francisco: Midori hosts "Bang 4 the Buck" Women's Hardcore Play Party benefit for AIDS LifeCycle
5. Midori's On-Line Pervy Student Lounge
6. Preview of November and beyond

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Dear Readers,

Wow, what a whirlwind this fall this is! September is always high holy days of Leather and Kink around here in San Francisco. The annual Folsom Street Fair is this amazing event that culminates the 10 days of kink and SM festivities called Leather Week in a open air street fair attended by over 400,000 people. It's simply spectacular and unique. For info on past and future Folsom St. Fair go to http://www.folsomstreetfair.com

See if you can find my photo in the 2003 gallery!

Two days later I crossed the pond to the UK for the 4-day fetish frenzy and annual pilgrimage that is the Skin Two Rubber Ball weekend. Sleep is not an option as the events and parties go around the clock. Kumi and I did some an amazing performance at Torture Garden on Saturday night, bringing a new dimension and risk to the old bondage cage show. Then at the Rubber Ball, with the help of Kumi and support crew, I got to bind 15 people in this insane medical orgy bondage suspension show.

© Andy of Gothic Image (www.gothic-image.com)

I'll have more photos poster soon but I'm sure Kumi's got a bunch already posted at her site

A thanks to TwistedMonk.com for providing the hemp rope for my shows!

Oh then there was the shopping. . . the horrid exchange rate, the dancing and parties until dawn, that secret sex & dungeon party in a posh basement play room, the lovely little private party I threw in my hotel suite at the Hotel Churchill (I don't think they'll let me back in again!)

Just in case you think that it's all work for me when I go to these things, on Friday night I attended the House of Flesh dance club and play party and played to my hearts content with a lovely Asian woman and then with this handsome Danish guy.

For all Skin Two events and info and photos click here.

Directly from London I hopped over the Channel to present at Women of Amsterdam Leather Pride.

Nearly 200 women attended this cool, well-organized event rife with the feel of steamy back room sex. This event had the best and sexiest group play area I've seen yet. So many weekend conferences have these horrid open, sterile and brightly lit play areas that it's hard to get into the mood of rough and taboo sex. Not so at WALP! They knew how to use lighting and effective peek-a-boo space division to bring back the gritty eroticism of leather sex. At WALP not only did I teach classes but I also got to play hard. This fabulous bottom that some of you may know as "Seven" bottomed to me in a cheeky little humiliation scene as the sexual party favor for the entire event. In another scene a wonderful boi gave me a great spa service of foot pedicure, massage and hot wax. After that I expended my energy on this handsome boy by physically and emotionally taking him down to a state of surrendered beauty.

Now I'm back in San Francisco for two days. In two days I get to prepare for my long week in LA, hot bondage and fashion show with Kumi in Toronto and more kinky madness ahead!

I'm totally excited about the first LA run of the Women's Sensual Dominance Intensive coming up this weekend. During the 18 hours we spend together we all learn and grow so much. It's one of those teaching experiences where I am blown away by the depth and growth and connections developed by the women over the weekend! I'm jazzed!
Well it's late and I had better get this off or I'll never get to sleep or make it to my plane to LA!

Please feel free to pass this along to those who are interested and appropriate lists.

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LOS ANGELES, This Weekend
(Last chance to register with special Midori Mailing List discount for final few seats of: )
"Sensual Magic Weekend for Women"
Friday, October 15 - Sunday, October 17 - Join Midori and Kim Airs for our special women's weekend intensive of instruction and fun! Experience a most unique, in-depth program on how to bring the joys of sensual power play to your relationship. Expanding on Midori's ever-popular class "The Art of Feminine Dominance," you'll be fully tutored through a series of personalized classes, discussions and demonstrations. Through in-depth exploration of techniques with individual attention and guidance, you'll learn the full scope of creating an amazing experience for you and your partner. During this immersion retreat, you'll learn creative negotiation, scene setting, special equipment, play techniques including whipping, various bondage types and more. You will also explore emotional and psychological issues of loving SM in a healthy relationship.
The weekend will begin on Friday evening from 7:00pm to 10:00pm and continue all day Saturday and Sunday, 9:00am to 6:00pm each day. The retreat weekend will take place in the West Hollywood area. Women only. (Your partners are welcome to join you for your private time in your hotel room.)
$450 for the entire weekend (food and room is additional).
($25 discount if you mention Midori's Mailing List Discount!)
Class size is limited to 16 women in order to provide personal attention for all participants. Please register by October 8 with a non-refundable deposit of $200. For more information, please visit our website at www.grandopening.com or Midori's website at www.FHP-Inc.com.

We've had this weekend twice before and it has been amazing! Join Midori and Kim as we lead you on a journey you won't soon forget!
Do you need information on where to stay?
To register for our classes: Please call 323-848-6970 with a credit card number. This will hold your place in class. You can also register on-line by e-mailing us your name, telephone number and credit card information, which will reserve your materials needed for the class. The e-mail address for registering is lastore@grandopening.com. We will confirm your registration via return e-mail.
Many classes fill up so we suggest you preregister to avoid the disappointment of a full class. If you are unable to attend a class you have registered for, please call us 24 hours in advance and you will not be charged for the materials needed for the class. If you fail to notify us you will not be in class, you will be charged for the class materials (which may be mailed after the class to you instead). You do not need to preregister for events that are free. Remember: all classes at Grand Opening! are trans-friendly!
Grand Opening!
8442 Santa Monica Blvd. (1 bl. east of La Cienega)
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone 323-848-6970 Fax 323-848-2920
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am - 8pm, Friday-Saturday 11am - 9pm, Sunday 12-5

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Tue Oct 19, 8:00p-10:00p "Hands-On Japanese Rope Bondage Workshop" at Grand Opening! Boutique
$34 Pre Registration needed
Wear comfortable clothing and bring lots of rope. Bring a minimum of 2 lengths of 30 feet.
For more info: http://www.grandopening.com

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Wed Oct 20, 8pm - 10pm "You Like What? Male Genital Play" at Grand Opening! Boutique
$34 Pre-Registration needed
Midori and Kim Airs co teach this hilariously funny and very practical class on how to handle and play with the male genetalia. From mild to wild
For more info: http://www.grandopening.com

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Fri Oct 22, 7:00p-10:00p "Military & Interrogation Play"
Details: $35 per person by pre-registration
Contact to register: LM@lordmorpheous.com

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Sat Oct 23, 9:00p "Bento" North Bound Leather Fetish Party: Bondage Performance by Midori & Kumi, Huge Fetish Party hosted by North Bound Leather

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Sun Oct 24, 6:30p-9:00p "Hands On Intro to Japanese and Other Creative Rope Bondage Essentials" at Come As You Are
Cost: $30
Where: Come As You Are, 701 Queen St. West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6J 1E6
Toll free: 877-858-3160, Local: 416-504-7934
E mail: info@comeasyouare.com
Appropriate experience level: novice & all levels
Wear comfortable clothing and bring lots of rope. Bring a minimum of 2 lengths of 30 feet.
For more info click here.

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Mon Oct 25, 7:30p-10:00p "Rope Bondage 2: How to Think, Scheme and Plan like the Rope Experts!"
Cost: $30
Where: Come As You Are, 701 Queen St. West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6J 1E6
Toll free: 877-858-3160, Local: 416-504-7934
E mail: info@comeasyouare.com
Advanced bondage skills aren't just about knowing complicated ties. It's about knowing how to read your bottom to create the best scene possible. Learn with Midori on how to read your bottom while learning some fun rope tricks too! Bring rope!
For more info click here.

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Tue, Oct 26, Lecture on Human Sexuality
A lecture at University of Guelph on topics of contemporary alternative expression of human sexuality

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Tue Oct 26, 7:00p-10:00p "Hands-on Japanese Bondage"
Info: http://www.ehbc.ca/
Because of limited space for the workshop, we're limiting attendance to 25 people. Our policy is strictly first-come, first served. Email ehbc@ehbc.ca to register.

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Wed Oct 27, 7:00p-10:00p "Beginning to Bottom" at QSM ! New Class!
Do have the desire, fantasy and lust to surrender power or experience intense sensations from another? How do you get started in the right direction to maximize the fun? Maybe you're new to SM entirely. Or maybe you've been topping and seek a new frontier of pleasure. Perhaps it's been a while since you could let go and you find yourself back at a new threshold. We'll talk about and figure out the various types of bottom you can be. How to direct or input on the experience, before and during, without creating conflict with the top. Explore how much power gets surrendered in different types of bottoming as well as better negotiation tips.
Sliding Scale: $20 to $10. Doors open 7:00 PM. Class 7:30-10:00 PM.
Note: Please call us at 415-550-7776 Mon-Fri Noon to 5:00 PM or email qsm@sonic.net if you plan to attend.

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Sat Oct 30, 10:00a-4:00p TWO classes! "Beyond Twisted" & "Hands-On Flogging 101"
Hosted by The Room & Standard Deviation
10am-1pm Class 1: "Beyond Duality: When You Don't Fit the Standard Kink Roles"
2pm-4pm Class 2: "Hands-On Flogging 101" Bring Floggers!
* Class registration is by pre-enrollment only. There will be NO walk-up registration.
* Each class is $25 or take both classes for $45. Special rate (groups of 10 or more): $40 per person for both classes
* For Class registration information e-mail deviationstandard@yahoo.com

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(Classes in Atlanta are currently being created. Stay tuned!)
Sun Oct 31, 2004 9:00p Bondage Show at The Secret Room Halloween Party
695 North Avenue
18+ $15 in costume, $20 with out.

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SAN FRANCISCO Friday, November 19, 2004 9:00p
Play for Life!
(Please pass on this information!)
Benefit Fund Raiser Fun Raiser for AIDS LifeCycle 2005
Hosted by Midori & Kelly B.
When: Friday, Nov 19 9pm to 2am (So you can play after the Exiles Knife Play class!)
Where: The Citadel, San Francisco
245 8th Street
Cost: $15 - $20. Additional donation to A.L.C. and Checks to ALC happily accepted!
What better way to celebrate life and fight HIV/AIDS than to enjoy steamy safer sex and nasty fun play with the hottest women of the Bay Area?
Here's the deal... We're volunteering for ALC in June, 2005. As volunteers we're not required to raise $ but we're going to anyway. AIDS Lifecycle is a seven-day, 585-mile cycling event by nearly 2000 people raising much-needed funds for HIV and AIDS Services, when so many resources are drying up.
RSVP & volunteer e mails: hear2u@hotmail.com
Include "Bang For The Buck with Midori" in the subject line.
Be a part of the action! Volunteers Needed!
*Can't make it to the party but want to support the cause? You can also donate directly to Midori's fundraising at her ALC page at http://aidslifecycle.org/9556
[SPONSORS: Fire Horse Productions, Inc. The 3 of Swards & Diva-Foto Studio, The Citadel, Good Vibrations, On Our Backs magazine, The Exiles, Center for Sex & Culture

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These are the cities that I'll be teaching in. For more info check out the class calendar at www.fhp-inc.com

- San Francisco: Rope Dojo SOLD OUT!
- San Francisco (11/21 Hands-On Flogging,
- New York (11/10 Predicament Bondage, 11/11 Hand & Feet Bondage Practice, 11/14 Aural Sex, 11/16 Hands-On Flogging)
- San Francisco (12/9 Military & Interrogation)
- Phoenix
- Tucson
- San Jose
- Los Angeles

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See you around!


If you have any questions, comments, feedback, or you just want to meet and have intelligent discussion on kink with other like-minded people around the globe (ok, so it's mainly people who've been to my classes but they do range from Denmark to Australia) join the discussion at my yahoo group called DivaMidori (it is Adult Access only) the URL is:

Don't forget to check out some of the new images at my bondage art site

"I think that wherever your journey takes you, there are new god waiting
there, with divine patience - and laughter."
Susan M. Watkins, American writer.